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Death Wish 4: The Crackdown (1987)

Architect/vigilante Paul Kersey takes on the members of a vicious Los Angeles drug cartel to stop the flow of drugs after his girlfriend's daughter dies from an overdose.


J. Lee Thompson


Brian Garfield (characters), Gail Morgan Hickman




Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Bronson ... Paul Kersey
Kay Lenz ... Karen Sheldon
John P. Ryan ... Nathan White
Perry Lopez ... Ed Zacharias
George Dickerson George Dickerson ... Detective Reiner
Soon-Tek Oh ... Det. Phil Nozaki (as Soon-Teck Oh)
Dana Barron ... Erica Sheldon
Jesse Dabson ... Randy Viscovich
Peter Sherayko ... Nick Franco
James Purcell James Purcell ... Vince Montono
Michael Russo Michael Russo ... Danny Moreno
Danny Trejo ... Art Sanella
Daniel Sabia Daniel Sabia ... Al Arroyo
Mike Moroff ... Jack Romero
Dan Ferro ... Tony Romero


Paul Kersey, the soft-spoken family man with the knack for wasting street scum, hoped that, after cleaning an entire neighbourhood in Death Wish 3 (1985), he would hang up his guns, and lead a peaceful life. Nevertheless, more than ever, chaos, panic, and disaster are rampant on the mean streets of Los Angeles, as the unscrupulous drug dealers, Ed Zacharias and Jack Romero, whose rival gangs supply 90% of the narcotics in Los Angeles, exploit the helpless, terrorising everyone with their brutal methods. But, their reign of terror is about to end violently when the innocent teenage daughter of Kersey's girlfriend dies of an overdose. Now, once again, the guns, and, in particular, Paul's stainless-steel Ruger Mini-14 GB-F semi-automatic rifle, have the final say. Who can stand in the way of an angry, terribly dangerous, and armed-to-the-teeth Paul Kersey? Written by Nick Riganas

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Gail Morgan Hickman wrote three different script for the film. The first featured Paul Kersey struggling with a crisis of conscience and trying to reconnect with Geri Nichols from Death Wish II (1982). It was rejected because Jill Ireland faced her own struggle with breast cancer and was unwilling to reprise her role. The second had Kersey going after an international terrorist, and was rejected due to another upcoming film, Wanted: Dead or Alive (1986). The final script had the premise of Kersey playing two gangs against each other. Hickman was influenced by the use of this premise in Yojimbo (1961) and A Fistful of Dollars (1964). See more »


When Kay Lenz' character arrives at the hospital, she is wearing white boots. Then she runs into the emergency room and she is in tennis shoes. In the next shot, she's back in white boots. See more »


Tony Romero: [1:07:50] It's a set up!
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Alternate Versions

UK cinema and video versions were cut by 54 secs with edits to the rape scene during the opening dream sequence. The cuts were waived in 2006. See more »


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Criminally underrated good Charles Bronson's action Death Wish flick
2 January 2018 | by ivo-cobra8See all my reviews

Death Wish 4: The Crackdown the fourth movie in Death Wish franchise is criminally underrated and misunderstood action flick from The Cannon Group, Inc. of the 80s. It is a good movie it is not the best or great but it is a decent good movie. Paul Kersey avenges all the children that have died an over dose from drugs that is why I love this film to death! It is my favorite action film the movie that grow on me. This movie has special place in my heart it is my favorite Charles Bronson film of all time. J. Lee Thompson beautiful directed this film it arguably his good film.

This is the original Punisher not Frank Castle Jon Bernthal but Paul Kersey is The Punisher. You watch Jon Bernthal as The Punisher (2017) I watch Charles Bronson Death Wish 4: The Crackdown film. It is arguably my favorite and so underrated action flick I really miss movies like are this one today I miss action movies like are this one. I am a huge fan of Charles Bronson I have been watching his movies since I was a kid and Death Wish series are my favorite film series. Death Wish 1,2,3 and 4 were really good misunderstood action movies.


Death Wish 4: The Crackdown it is my favorite Charles Bronson action film in the 80's. Michael Winner, who directed the first three films in the series, was replaced by J. Lee Thompson. Death Wish 4: The Crackdown had a substantially lower budget and a more limited release than its predecessors. Even with a low budget the film for me works I really miss the 80's. The movie and the character Paul Kersey.

Paul Kersey kill's the bad guys drug dealers for all the children and that's all the movie tells you. Charles Bronson acts brilliant and does a fine solid job. John P. Ryan is a perfectly bad guy. Soon-Tek Oh plays a corrupt cop he plays decent the bad guy. Kay Lenz was beautiful and decent perfectly as the new girlfriend of Paul Kersey. Perry Lopez as the bad guy was also excellent. George Dickerson as detective Reiner was excellent cop i have seen and a real good guy. Almost everyone who played in this movie is dead and it is no longer with us anymore. This movie has my respect.

The movie has tons of action and explosions Paul (Charles Bronson) uses a M16 with M203 grenade launcher to go after Nathan White (John Ryan) and his men at the roller rink. He shoots the bad guys and he blows Nathan White with grenade launcher to pieces. I miss action movies like this, this were real practical effects real actions no CGI crap all real actions. Is it just me or this is just my action movie? I love Paul Kersey he kills all the bad guys with machine gun MAC-10 and kills all the drug dealers.

The movie has a beautiful score that I love from John Bisharat, Paul McCallum and Valentine McCallum.

Death Wish 4: The Crackdown is an American 1987 action crime film, and the fourth installment in the Death Wish film series. The film was directed by J. Lee Thompson, and features Charles Bronson, who reprises his leading role as Paul Kersey.

9/10 Grade: A

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Release Date:

6 November 1987 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,466,557, 8 November 1987

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